As of Oct. 1, the City of Surrey is changing to a new waste reduction program.
As far as I am aware, there was no public consultation whatsoever before this decision was made, but there was a small trial done somewhere in Surrey.
This is a real affront to the taxpayer. First, we have three new bins, which have been/or are being delivered by special truck to all areas of Surrey.
These new bins are unsightly and for those of us with small homes, townhouses or condos, they create a huge space problem.
For example, we live in a small zero-lot line home and have to leave the three bins outside our front door.
One of my friends lives in a townhouse complex on King George Boulevard and they literally will not be able to get out their front door. They have no way to get the large bins around to the back of the townhouse.
I am sure that pick up days will be a nightmare. There is to be a reduction of garbage pick up by 50 per cent - only organic materials will be picked up weekly. This will cause a problem with rodents, and in the summer, pungent odours.
We also now have to purchase special bags for our organic kitchen waste, which will probably cost the average household an additional $120 per year.
In addition, the bins have to be placed in a certain fashion but there are many areas of Surrey where this cannot be done, either because of tree height or actual road restriction.
Pick up can also be problematic, as presently when the organics are emptied, most of it ends up on the street and the company does not clean it up.
Will the same thing happen in the future? Will the Christmas turkey bones be spread out over the street for the crows to feast upon?
The idea of waste reduction is good and I am 100 per cent for it, but I feel that the way it is to be carried out is ill-conceived and in these hard times, an expense we could all live without.
Bruce Wyder, Surrey
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